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    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We advise the President (through the Secretary of Commerce) and Federal departments and agencies on domestic and international intellectual property policy. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. Our efforts have provided inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries. It's an effort that continues to contribute to a strong global economy, to encourage investment in innovation and to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit for the 21st century. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees, including engineers, scientists, attorneys, analysts, IT specialists, etc. all dedicated to accomplishing the USPTO’s mission, vision, strategic goals and guiding principles. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Careers Website.

    The Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA) is looking for enthusiastic individuals with significant professional legal experience in the area of copyrights.

    The individual’s duties will include rendering legal and technical opinions related to copyright matters on a wide range of domestic and international issues, reviewing and/or drafting legislative proposals that impact a variety of creative and entertainment industries, formulating policy recommendation related to copyright issues, and representing the United States in a variety of international fora and negotiations.

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    • Assists the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the Director of the USPTO in advising the President, through the Secretary of Commerce and Federal agencies on domestic and international intellectual property issues as well as U.S. treaty obligations.
    • Renders legal advice and guidance, as well as technical assistance and analysis involving copyright law on an international scale regarding obligations in bilateral and multilateral treaties and trade agreements and implementation of those obligations.
    • Prepares briefing materials, papers, analyses, and testimony, as needed for the Under Secretary and other senior USPTO officials and Department of Commerce officials with respect to legislative items or policy initiatives on which the USPTO is requested to testify.
    • Supports the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Department of State and other U.S. Government agencies in international negotiations and consultations, and assists with the drafting, reviewing, and implementation of intellectual property obligations in bilateral and multilateral treaties and trade agreements.
    • Keeps senior management apprised of all action on pending legislation, regulatory developments, or policy discussions of interest to the USPTO for which the incumbent has been assigned responsibility.
    • Provides and participates in technical assistance and capacity-building programs and conferences to foreign governments seeking to develop or improve their intellectual property laws and regulations; and to improve the level of expertise of those responsible for intellectual property rights enforcement and the overall environment for enforcement.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Domestic and International travel is required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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    Applications will be accepted from all United States Citizens and Nationals.

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